AMARILLO, TX – A third member of the Amarillo Bulls Alumni has inked a contract in the American Hockey League.
Brady Ferguson who concluded a brilliant four-year, collegiate career at Robert Morris University signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, the affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ferguson, the Lewisville, TX native, joins Collin Delia (Rockford IceHogs) and Hampus Gustafsson (Washington Capitals) as those former Bulls to sign major deals. Delia became the first Bulls Alum to play in an NHL Pre-Season game back in the fall with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It’s finally sunk in now but it all happened pretty fast,” said Ferguson from Toronto. “It’s a little weird after your season ends, and you jump on a new team at the end of the season. But it’s been good so far.”
Ferguson became the all-time leading point leader at Robert Morris posting 66 goals and 101 assists for 167 points in 152 games. He said that the level of hockey in the AHL is different than what he is used to at the NCAA level.
“I watched the game on Tuesday night and it’s certainly a little faster and everyone is bigger,” he said. “I think it will be a smooth transition for me, and I’m excited to get started.”
Ferguson spent two seasons with the Amarillo Bulls where he helped them win a North American Hockey League Robertson Cup National Championship. He said the Bulls played a major part in helping him get to where he is now.
“The Amarillo Bulls is where it all started for me,” he said. “I was coming from Dallas Elite U18, and it’s a difficult transition to come in from that to junior hockey. I think the Amarillo Bulls did a good job in making that transition smooth and helping develop your game to the college level and going on from there. I was really fortunate to have the coaches I had there in Dennis Williams, Rocky Russo and Harry Mahood. They did a great job with all of us and you can see it in our success.”
The Marlies are currently first in the AHL’s North Division with 92 points, and their parent club, the Leafs have done an amazing job picking up young talent. A year ago, the Leafs had a great run in the Stanley Cup playoffs and are poised to go back to the playoffs again
The Amarillo Bulls ‘Drive To The Playoffs’ continues this weekend with a trip to North Richland Hills to face the Lone Star Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Center. Tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com beginning with pregame coverage on Friday and Saturday at 7:10 pm with the puck drop to follow at 7:30 pm. Fans can tune into the Hockey TV Feed featuring the voice of the Brahmas Nick Marek.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Friday and Saturday when the Amarillo Bulls close out their regular season home schedule with two versus the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Friday is Pop Stop and 806 Sports Radio Night with the Family Four Pack for $44 and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22. Saturday is Fan and Child Appreciation Night with free youth hockey jerseys being handed out at the door.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.